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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#317 of 2081 97 LS 400 rocks into drive or reverse
Jul 11, 2001 (6:29 pm)
My 97 LS400, 30k miles, rocks when I shift into drive and reverse. The whole car moves. I spoke to the service manager at Ray Catena Lexus in NJ and he said every 1997 LS400 does this and offered to let me try other used ones. The car drives great in every other way. This sounds like bull to me. I never had another car do this except my 93 Honda Accord. Is this true? Thanks
#318 of 2081 LS 400 Shudder
Jul 15, 2001 (6:57 pm)
Well, I got the transmission fluid flushed ($200, ouch I'm still in college), but it did not fix the problem that I had with the rumbling at 2200 RPM. The T3 shop said that it might be the transmission mounts, or the torque converter, but when they checked for the shudder, they could not find anything. I think that it may be resonance in the exhaust chamber, and that I can deal with the sound as long as it is not problematic. Anyway, if anyone else has any luck with this annoyance, post what you find.
#319 of 2081 LS400 Shudder - Tires?
Jul 16, 2001 (7:23 am)
I started suspecting that the noise and vibration may be tire related. I had Michelin MXV4's which were brand new when I bought the CPO LS400 3 months ago. The dealer and NTB said that the symptoms did not suggest a tire problem. I rotated front to back. The noise and vibration became worse. Then I put my spare on one of the rear wheels which is a Bridgestone Turanza. The noise and vibration reduced considerably. On Saturday, I went back to the dealer and they replaced the MXV4's with Bridgstone Turanza Revo Z's. The problem is *almost* gone... not quite but VERY VERY much improved.
Perhaps you may want to look at your tires as a possible cause, even though it seemed highly unlikely to me that my problem was tire related.
Please let me know how you make out and what tires you have.
Jul 17, 2001 (9:02 am)
I think I have a starter issue in my '97 ls400 coach. It will click once when trying to start and that's about it. If I do it enough times it will finally start. I heard the starter is hard to get out...
#321 of 2081 Q45man...maint. and repair question
Jul 22, 2001 (8:21 pm)
I have a 1995 LS400 with 88K miles. I had a few questions for you:
1) What parts do you think should be replaced at 90Kmi..The dealer changes all the fluids at this time...but I'm wondering about the life expectancy of the motor mounts, hoses and other parts that should be replaced at this time.
2) I have noticed that the car no longer brakes in a straight line when the ABS engages. I am thinking that this may be due to worn struts..especially since the ride is starting to get more like a boat than a car. The ball joints and lower control arms were replaced at about 80K mi..just for your information.
3) The tilt and telescoping steering wheel motors have been sticking for 2 years now...they still work but you have to hit the buttons several times to get the position desired. The dealer offered to take them apart for a hour labor charge (with no guarantee) and oil them..I said no cause I was unsure if these motors could be oiled. Replacement of the motors they claim will be about $900. What do you think???
Jul 23, 2001 (1:07 pm)
Long time no post!. I sold my 92 LS 400 for $12.500 and the buyer is very happy. I went 6 weeks with out a Lexus and got the itch again. I was at a car auction looking for another 92 but the prices were too high. I saw a 97 run through and it did not draw bids. I realized there was more action in the 10 K to 12 K cars than the later models. I purchased the 97 for $19.000, (It has 71,000 miles, but this is nothing for a well kept Lexus). I like the price, and the car is excellent. I have the Nakamichi stereo and I see many improvements over the earlier models. I am changing some small parts such as Antenna mast, Floor mats, tranny fluid ,2 front tires, interior A/C filter etc. otherwise car needs nothing! and it drives so,so good. I also ordered a shop manual and disc brake pads and I will replace myself on a weekend. It pays to move up to the 95/97 model if you can go up the extra few thousand dollars.
I will post my receipt of shop manual and my experiences with tinkering and servicing.
Does any one know how to program the keyless remote?? I have one from another car but I do not know whow to program it for mine?
Ps. I am purchasing all my parts from Ryan at www.irontoad.com, good service and good prices.
#324 of 2081 Repair Costs
Jul 24, 2001 (9:05 am)
Does anyone know of an indepentent, Lexus trained mechanic in the St. Louis area???
The dealers here are obscene.
#325 of 2081 Lexus ls400 brake pad question
Jul 25, 2001 (9:08 am)
Hello Lexus lovers,
I have a ?. Has anyone ever heard of brake pads for a 1995 lexus ls400 costing $20 bucks. Yes 20 bucks for a pair for front disc pads, located at the local auto parts(Murray's)store,
Brake pads at the dealership retailed at $125 bucks a pair, Am I missing something hear or are these super pads or what. Local auto parts store also has 1 year warranty on the pads, My question is would I be doing harm by replacing with the $20 pads or should I stay with the dealer's price($345 with labor), what do you guys think, love to hear the feedback.
Jul 26, 2001 (6:36 pm)
Wow, $20 is mighty cheap for LS440 pads. It might wear out quicker, squeal like a bad saxophone player, and poor braking power on repeated stops(fading), but these are purely speculations. Just to be safe, I would make sure the pads have "brand-name" attach to them, other than these, I don't see why a $20 pads would do harm to your car. If you don't mind replacing the $20 pads if they are not up to your satisfation, then give it a try. Post your results would you?